My story is long but in short I was in the Sea Org for about 8 years.
I was 20 yrs old. I read Dianetics and it made so much sense to me. A few months later I was on staff on a Church and a few weeks after that I joined the Sea Org. I then ended up in the RPF as well and eventually left. I wanted to make a difference and truly felt that this was the way to do it. Scientology was making a positive change in my life and my family as well.
I ended up in middle management. I got to work with pretty much all the celebs in Scientology, i.e. Tom Cruise, John Travolta, etc. The pressure to perform was immense. I knew Tommy Davis and worked with him as well.
The audio book delves into the earlier life of LRH. Things I didn't know about him were shocking but then again isn't the life of people who want to change the world weird or shocking as well?
"Because The People Who Are Crazy Enough To Think They Can Change The World, Are The Ones Who Do.” - Steve Jobs.
I never met David Miscavige or worked with him directly so I can't confirm him beating up people. Do I believe it? Yes, I do. The pressure where I was working was so intense I can only imagine what it must have been like for those in upper management or those that worked with Miscavige directly. Evidence of course is also the fact that many high level executives have since left the church and their stories match as well.
Many things in the audiobook rang true for me and took me back. For the most part I think the author captured what it's really like in Scientology especially in the Sea Org.
I was captivated by the overall story and the narrator did an excellent job as well.
To this day I truly believe Scientology works. I believe it has been ruined by bad management and an arrogant leader which is why I left. It's really sad. I think the author described this perfectly. He gives many examples of how Scientology has had positive changes in people's lives. But like I said, it comes down to the management which has to change.
Scientology works. I have see it first hand many times. Too bad people are being turned away from it because of the Church's arrogance and bad publicity it creates.
Listen to this audiobook. You will not be disappointed. Just keep in mind that Scientologists are some of the most honest, caring and hard working people ever. I met some great people there and think of them all the time.
Nevertheless I could not stop listening. There is a lot of sex, torture, murder and betrayal but aren't those the consequences of being involved in the drug business? In the end, I think it's an honest portrayal of the so called "war on drugs." Certain scenes in the book I could not get out of my head for days. There are no good guys here and no one to really root for but I learned a lot. I grew up near the San Diego/Mexico border and so I'm familiar with a lot of the locations mentioned in the book. This was my first Don Winslow book and he's an excellent writer.
Again, Ray Porter does an excellent job in the narration. I just love this guy. He brings the book and characters to life.
The ending is depressing but just like in life, not every ending is a happy one.
A Gladwell book to me is like a Christmas present. Needless to say, I always look forward to his books. This one is no different. He has a unique perspective when looking at certain things and he communicates them very well. I always end up learning something.
The section on parental loss really stood out for me. My wife lost her dad many years ago and I immediately connected with his points.
I am also glad he narrates his book as he does a wonderful job. Great book, get it!!
So over the years I've read the book at least 6 times. This is my 3rd time listening to the audio version. The audio version is nothing short of superb.
In my opinion this book is the greatest science fiction book of all time and my favorite book period!. It stands the test of time. The ideas this book puts forth is amazing and Frank Herbert was a genius.
What I love about Dune is that Frank Herbert was able to communicate complicated ideas for anyone to understand. I am a huge sci-fi geek and sometimes I have a hard time understanding all the ideas and plots the author is trying to communicate. Not so with this book.
I envy those who are about to read it for the first time. It gets better with each reading.
Now we need a decent movie!!
So how many times have I seen the movie? Too many to count. I never felt the need to read the book. I'm glad I didn't and instead listened to it via the words of Mr. Mantegna. Wow.
It's amazing how close the book is to the movie. Almost scene by scene and the dialogue as well. I always loved the movie and this makes me appreciate it even more because of the superb job Copolla did to bring it to life.
Mr. Mantegna did an excellent job as well. Can't think of anyone else to tell us this story.
Even though you've seen the movie hundreds of times just get this book. It's going to be a new experience.
I'm now off to order the Blu-Ray edition of "The Godfather"... I just can't get enough.
I had heard of Garfield but didn't know anything about him until this audio book. His tale is tragic and I found the back story of his assassin fascinating. Overall a good read.
I saw the documentary many years ago and thought I would give the audio book a try. I was not disappointed. The level of details is astounding. I felt I was really there with all the men. The narrator was great. A story not to be missed.
I really liked "Ghost in the Wires" read by Mr. Porter. After this book, he is by far my favorite.
The story grabs you from the beginning and he brings to life all the different characters. It's amazing how he makes each character unique through his different voices.
Just get this. You will not be disappointed!!
The story was very interesting. It was short but it left me wanting more! I hope there is more to come.
I don't normally write reviews. I have to say the narrator did an EXCELLENT job. Each character was portrayed very well. This book is compared to "The Stand" a lot - and while I love that book as well - I liked this one much better. It has less characters and really easy to follow along with the story. Although some parts in the book feel dated (as with nuclear war) the story is really captivating. The book is really loooong but I hardly felt it because of the narrators excellent work!!! Get it. You will not regret it!!!
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